Compare NetApp StorageGRID vs. Pure Storage FlashBlade

NetApp StorageGRID is ranked 4th in File and Object Storage with 4 reviews while Pure Storage FlashBlade is ranked 2nd in File and Object Storage with 14 reviews. NetApp StorageGRID is rated 8.2, while Pure Storage FlashBlade is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of NetApp StorageGRID writes "The implementation went smoothly. It is a 'setup and forget' type of appliance". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Pure Storage FlashBlade writes "An easy to use solution with a straightforward setup and good speed". NetApp StorageGRID is most compared with EMC Elastic Cloud Storage, Red Hat Ceph Storage and Cloudian HyperStore, whereas Pure Storage FlashBlade is most compared with Pure Storage FlashArray, Red Hat Ceph Storage and Qumulo. See our NetApp StorageGRID vs. Pure Storage FlashBlade report.
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Pros
The ability to get to the StorageGRID from anywhere on my network. The solution is remote. You don't have to be at a physical location.The implementation with NetApp went smoothly. It is a 'setup and forget' type of appliance.It has enabled us to save money on storage costs. We removed our tape library.It has improved our operational efficiency through time consumption and logistics by 40 to 50 percent. Everything that had to do with our legacy tape solution has been improved and is now more efficient.It has awesome scalability. We consume it with storage appliance nodes, then we just plug and play as we need more.It helps automate our storage infrastructure.Right now, we have an older StorageGRID. I like that we can grow it.It improves our operational efficiency.

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The most valuable feature of this solution is performance.Using this solution has made our backups more reliable.The most valuable features include the ease of implementation, ease of use and the speed that you can do backup and recovery on.The initial setup is pretty easy and simple.We have integrated it with VMware. The integration process is pretty good. Especially with VMware, it helps with the capacity of it.We can capacity plan at a greater level than we used to.It has absolutely simplified our storage because the dashboards on the consoles show a clear understanding of where you are, and it is also very easy to provision. This been a big help for our teams.The ease of deployment and management has helped us simplify our storage. We also do not have to worry about capacity management as much. A lot of these things are native to Pure Storage.

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There was a small amount of confusion when working with StorageGRID and Active Directory for access. We had to do things three to four times resulting in our engineer troubleshooting a couple of things. The location of the menu, along with what is inside the menu: configurations, settings, etc., is not straightforward to users. Most users are Windows-based. So, when make logical changes to the menu which are not similar to Windows, users and administrators get confused.The redundancy and reliability are great, but I also see room for improvement there. I would like to see more efficiency in the storage and dedupe/compression solutions.I would like to see them integrate more with the monitoring platforms. It is a bit difficult to get automated monitoring of the system.The processes around installation and upgrade need improvement.It has its quirks here and there, but it is an older NetApp system.We want to move towards Azure in the cloud. Right now, the system is all physical.The only real issue that we have run into is, when we are cloning, we cannot do a thin provision clone, it has to be a full clone.

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I would like to see more VM-Aware features in the next release of this solution.I would like to see more monitoring capability included in the next release of this solution.In terms of scalability, it doesn't expand out quite as robustly as some of the others, but it covers 90% of the market in what it does.The speed could be improved.I have not seen ROI.The technical support needs to improve. When we open a case, it is auto assigned to a support tech person. Nine out of ten times, we get an email right back saying that person is off until tomorrow. I cannot handle that. They just did this over the weekend to us, too. I had to call our rep and have them do something about it.On our dedupe during our initial buy, we were expecting a number a little higher like 4x. However, we are getting about 3.6. While it is close enough, it doesn't quite hit the numbers. So, this has been a challenge.They need better integration with public clouds along with a better hybrid solution.

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Creating your own data stores, backups, or storage grids, helps eliminate all these costs of downloading all the data back after you downloaded to the cloud.Buying the solution is expensive, but it saves you money down the line when you factor in the logistics of not having to buy tapes.The licensing that the S3 service provides them from a FabricPool standpoint is more attractive than the licensing from AWS or Azure.We save money on storage costs from this solution since it allows us to have a source of revenue from customers consuming the service.While we have been able to save money on storage costs, it could be better.The price is attractive.We chose NetApp because of price and performance.

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Support is a separate line item. Support is a different cost, but whatever your support is now, that's what you're going to pay forever. If your support's $100 today, six years from now it's $100. It doesn't fluctuate unless you upgrade it, or change it, etc.Our licensing is renewed annually.I have seen ROI. It has allowed me to increase the density of my VMs without having to purchase anything additional.We used a reseller for the purchase.Our customers have seen a reduction in TCO.

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Overview

Store and manage unstructured data at scale using NetApp StorageGRID for secure, durable object storage. Place content in the right location, at the right time, and on the right storage tier, optimizing workflows and reducing overall costs for globally distributed rich media. 

FlashBlade is the industry’s most advanced scale-out storage for unstructured data, powered by a modern, massively parallel architecture to consolidate complex data silos (like backup appliances and data lakes) and accelerate tomorrow’s discoveries and insights.

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Financial Services Firm13%
Manufacturing Company13%
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University18%
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